Perfect Adelaide score puts Bowe in Nations Cup Championship lead. A perfect score of pole position and two race wins put John Bowe and his Ferrari 360GT into the lead of the Australian Nations Cup Championship in round one in Adelaide ...
Perfect Adelaide score puts Bowe in Nations Cup Championship lead.
A perfect score of pole position and two race wins put John Bowe and his Ferrari 360GT into the lead of the Australian Nations Cup Championship in round one in Adelaide today.
Bowe was uncatchable throughout the day, dominating every session and winning the 30-lap twilight second race despite a 66 kilogram weight handicap imposed after race one.
Race two was a thriller, because while Bowe powered away, close battles for second and fourth places lasted more than 15 laps.
Paul Stokell kept his Lamborghini Diablo ahead of Nathan Pretty's Holden Monaro by just 0.37 seconds at the finish after the pair had diced nose-to-tail and side-by-side.
A similar fight for fourth was resolved with Greg Crick, in a Chrysler Viper, beating Porsche's Jim Richards by just 0.20 sec.
Denmark's Allan Simonsen, 24, made a clean sweep of Group Two in his Ferrari 360 Challenge.
Stokell said his defence of second spot was "as good as a win".
"I enjoyed it. I thought Nathan might have had a bit left for a final lunge but he didn't. It was a good clean race and everyone around the track seemed to enjoy it," he said.
Football personality Sam Newman made a strong effort in his Lamborghini Diablo, coming from 11th on the grid take seventh from D'arcy Russell (Chrysler Viper) just before the finish.
In the 12-lap first race, Bowe and Stokell led home Pretty, Richards, Crick and Simonsen. Pretty lowered the Nations Cup lap record to 1 minute 24.23 seconds, just 0.76 sec. behind the best V8 Supercar time.
Round one, presented by Cleanevent, wraps up with a 12-lap third leg tomorrow.
One win, one heartbreak for Shaw in GT Performance
Mazda RX-7 driver Ric Shaw took one win and suffered a heartbreaking loss in round one of the Australian GT Performance Championship, presented by Donut King.
In race one, Shaw overcame a slow start from pole position and led all the way to the finish.
He was set to do the same in race two, but as he rounded the last corner in the lead the Mazda's engine expired and Mark King's Mitsubishi Evolution flashed past to take the win.
"The engine was overheating and unfortunately, it let go at the last moment," Shaw said.
"I haven't got a spare so I'm missing tomorrow's final race and going home to Sydney. I hoped my results this weekend might draw some sponsorship, but without it I don't know when I'll be racing again."
Despite the disappointment, it was an impressive drive - Shaw lowered the lap record by almost two seconds and left Adelaide as the championship leader.
Phil Ward also had to pack up his Mazda, after a heavy collision with series newcomer Justin Hemmes, who was briefly knocked out by the impact at turn nine.
The Mazda was written off; Hemmes' car needed an engine change and chassis repairs, but was good enough for 13th in race two.
King is second in the points tally, followed by Bob Pearson (Mazda).
Loadsman builds Production Car lead
Scott Loadsman of Sydney extended his lead in the Australian Production Car Championship, presented by Eagle Boys, although today's second race of round one went to the driver of a a smaller, less powerful car.
Talented 21-year-old David Russell, in a four-cylinder Proton, led throughout the eight-lap handicap race, followed by Loadsman in a V8 Holden and Steve Grocl in Volkswagen Beetle.
The race was one of the day's most entertaining, with the faster cars starting last on a time handicap and chasing their smaller rivals hard over the final couple of laps.
Race win puts Baxter in V8 BRutes lead
Adelaide's Gary Baxter, in a Holden SS, leads the Poolrite V8 BRutes Series pointscore after two round-one races today. Baxter won the first race and came 10th in the second, which went to V8 BRutes newcomer Grant Park.
Officials stopped the second race after just two laps of its scheduled seven, because of a heavy crash into the wall by Holden driver Gavin Harvey. Half points were awarded.